ABERDEEN, S.D. – Artist Robyn Love plans to craft a fiber-based “fun house of vulnerability” in the Lincoln Gallery during her extended visit to Northern State University.
“In the way of fun houses, it will be verging on more scary than fun, only the scary part will be that people will be asked to be open and tender because is there really anything more scary than that?
"In any event, I also do want it to be FUN. To me, part of the fun will be a kind of fun house sensory overload with lots of colour,” Love said a recent blog entry.
Love, packed her car with fiber supplies and equipment and drove from the East Coast to Aberdeen, arrived March 16 and is scheduled to stay through March 26. After spending a few days getting situated, she’ll likely spend eight to 10 hours a day working in the gallery and with NSU art students, said Greg Blair, NSU assistant art professor and Northern galleries director.
March 24 Reception
A reception will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the Lincoln Gallery.
Love “has a loose idea of what she wants to do” in the gallery, but “is leaving room for improvisation,” said Blair. “It will be a structure people can walk through with multiple rooms. She’ll work with students to have live-action, interactive performances going on in each of the rooms.”
All NSU students and the public are welcome to view and participate in the installation, Blair said.
According to Love’s website, she lives in Queens, N.Y., and Newfoundland, Canada. She received a BFA from Cooper Union in New York City in 1988.
Blair said Love is known for her outdoor fiber art installations. Among her creations are:
• SpinCycle, a participatory performance piece at The Brooklyn Museum in New York, which involved a bicycle converted to drive a spinning wheel. Onlookers were invited to ride the bike, powering the wheel as Love spun.
• The Water Tower Cozy in New York, in which Love and six other crocheters created a yellow-fiber covering with a dark point that made a water tower look like a pencil point.
• The Avenue of Trees in Cheongju, South Korea, which was part of the 2011 Cheongju Craft Biennale Exhibition. More than 140 people created 700 handknit and crocheted rectangles that were installed along a five-kilometer roadway into the city.
• The Knitted Mile, in which Love and 90 knitters from around North America created a yellow yarn “stripe” installed on a roadway for two hours in Dallas.
Blair said Love’s work was included in a recently published book on fiber-based graffiti. “She’s right in the mix of the development of yarn bombing,” said Blair.
Photo: Northern art students and NSU Associate Professor of Art Sara Christensen Blair work on visiting artist Robyn Love’s fiber-based “fun house of vulnerability” in the Lincoln Gallery.